PILATES VS YOGA

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A lot of people wonder what is the difference between pilates and yoga. One of the main differences is that Yoga can be used for improving the flexibility of the body and it will also gradually increase the flexibility of your joints. Whereas Pilates focuses on trying to relax muscles which are tense and provide strengthening of the numerous muscles of the body, it also may be better for recovery after injury, improving posture and for core strength.

One of the biggest difference is the focus in yoga on the spiritual side. Yoga is an integrated system using breath, movement and meditation to unite mind, body and spirit. Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates who was an anatomist and a mechanical genius. It is a physical system that uses very specific targeted exercises to improve strength, flexibility and posture with particular focus on the core. It is a disciplined practice that needs to be done on a regular basis to provide benefit.

So which one is right for you?

The benefits of yoga have been studied extensively. As well as physical and mental benefits, yoga is also believed to have a positive effect on the following medical issues:

Chronic pain

Anxiety & depression

Multiple sclerosis 

Arthritis 

Respiratory conditions

High blood pressure  

Type 2 diabetes

Evidence suggests that Pilates may be beneficial for those with the following conditions: 

Arthritis & joint injuries

Urinary incontinence 

Respiratory conditions

Back pain

We have several brilliant Yoga instructors, Nadia, Dorit, Rita and Dani who cover Aargau, Luzern, Schwyz, Zug and Zurich. In Zurich we also have 2 Pilates instructors, Dan and Viviane.

BEAUTY TRENDS 2020

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While many of us may not be going on the holidays we expected, or to the parties we had planned, we can still follow the trends that we were thinking we’d see in far flung locations or lining the restaurants and bars at home this summer. While the 2010s were all about looking effortless, this new decade is finally making makeup fun again. 2020 is all about celebrating the individual, throw on that glitter, pile of that hair and read on.

Emphasis on the Eyes – neon liners, glitters, pastels; look beyond your usual safe smokey eye and learn to experiment.

Modern French Manicure – forget the classic French that you see with the white tips, think incredibly fine neon tips, bright accents and a manicure firmly rooted in 2020.

Glitter Everywhere – we missed our glitter braids at festivals this summer but instead we got glitter eye makeup! So many options, subtle fine shimmers, bold chunks of glitter, rhinestones – you can’t go wrong!

Fluffy Brows -thankfully the overfilled brows that have invaded Instagram are on the way out, fluffy, more natural brows are here to stay! Opt for a tinted brow gel or a fine brow pencil to get more definition or sweep your brows upwards with brow wax for a more dramatic look.

OUR TOP MASSAGE PICKS FOR AUTUMN EVENINGS

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Is it really already nearly time for cosy evenings in front of the fire? After a long long summer it may be time to cosy up in your dressing gown and treat yourself to some pampering at home. 

Is it crazy to be excited about the cosy evenings? I say there’s nothing crazy about a massage in front of the fire and not having to leave the house afterwards. What better way to finish your massage than in your dressing gown with no need to go anywhere other than the sofa with a good film and a glass of wine.

Have a look below at our top massage picks of the moment.

REFLEXOLOGY

This special massage technique is based on the assumption that the reflex zones on the foot are connected to the various organs of the body. When our therapist massages with specific pressure these stimuli reach the brain and the connected organs through the skin, muscles, nerves, blood and lymphatic systems. This selective stimulation is able to release blockages in the meridians – the energy channels of the body – and to improve blood circulation.

LYMPH DRAINAGE MASSAGE

Manual lymph drainage is a gentle technique aimed at stimulating the lymphatic system and relieving localised swelling by shifting accumulated lymph fluid from the area affected to the corresponding lymph nodes or drainage areas using superficial movement techniques on the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE

Aromatherapy uses the restorative properties of essential oils to activate healing for the mind, body and soul. It’s excellent for relaxation, reducing stress, increasing calmness and reducing anxiety.

POST HOLIDAY BLUES

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Many people who travel on vacation/holiday find themselves experiencing post-vacation blues. This is marked by an overall decrease in well-being and work productivity following a satisfying vacation. Having to get back into the routine of work, school, and daily life in general can be a source of distress, disorientation and discomfort. However unpleasant it may be, though, the post-vacation blues can be overcome with a little determination, some perspective, some insight on lessons learned from vacation, and of course a little self-care.

  1. Treat yourself to a massage, bring the spa to your home and imagine your’e still on holiday. We have a huge range of different massages to offer you, browse through our website for some inspiration. We highly recommend the Glow Concierge Signature Massage with Andrei.
  2. Do some exercise, ff you’re feeling the blues, it’s likely that you will feel like sitting and staring into space or turning on a show to binge-watch. Before you give in to that, go for a run or book one of our personal trainers to kickstart your body. We offer personal training, pilates and yoga, if you’re terrible at motivating yourself to go to the gym or out for a run then our PT’s are the answer!
  3. How are you feet looking after all that sea and sand? Book a pedicure at home. Have you experienced the Lovaskin that our provider Laura uses? It’s truly a miracle for feet, removing all the dead skin in only 60 seconds leaving your feet baby soft. If you’re really feeling like you deserve it, combine your pedicure with some reflexology. Sofiane is truly a magician when it comes to reflexology.
  4. Do you need to treat your hair to some tender loving care after your holiday? Book an appointment with Erika for a cut, hair mask and blow dry.
  5. Look forward, not backward. Contemplate one thing you would love to happen this year. Not a giant “life goal”—this could be way too daunting – especially in 2020! Think about one thing you would like to happen in 2020 and then make a plan to bring it into being.

BRAUTFRISUREN INSPIRATION

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Das Jahr 2020 hat für uns alle wohl eine etwas andere Wendung genommen, als erwartet. So mussten beispielsweise viele Hochzeiten auf 2021 verschoben werden, was für das Brautpaar und alle Beteiligten natürlich alles andere als einfach ist. Und trotzdem gibt es einige wenige glückliche Brautpaare, die trotz aller Widrigkeiten in den kommenden Wochen und Monaten den Bund fürs Leben eingehen.

Wir haben beobachtet, dass die Brautfrisuren aktuell deutlich schlichter werden und viele Bräute sich bewusst für Natürlichkeit und Schnörkellosigkeit entscheiden.

Der lockere Dutt oder leichte Locken sind gerade total im Trend, da viele Bräute die traditionellen oder übertrieben “frisierten” Frisuren eher meiden.

Total angesagt ist beispielsweise der Flecht-Look. Es gibt so viele Möglichkeiten, einen Zopf ins Haar zu integrieren. “Crown Braids” sind beispielsweise einer unserer Favoriten, denn es ist eine schöne Frisur, die leger oder total chic getragen werden kann, also perfekt für jede Braut!

Mit Accessoires verziertes Haar ist auch immer noch sehr beliebt. Von Blumenkränzen bis hin zu klassischen Diademen, wir lieben sie alle. Braut-Haarschmuck gibt es in alles Formen und Varianten. 

Der Bohemian Look ist da wesentlich entspannter und sieht fast so aus, als könnte man es selbst machen. Aber glaubt uns liebe Bräute: Ihr wollt einen Profi an eurem perfekten Tag. Manchmal sind es die scheinbar schlichten Looks, die am meisten Aufwand erfordern! Der Bohemian Look ist perfekt für eine Hochzeit am Strand oder eine rustikalere Hochzeit in den Bergen.

Egal nach was euch ist, unsere Profis zaubern euch immer den perfekten Look. Geht auf unsere Website und App und bucht euch einen Probe-Termin. 

PERSONAL TRAINING WE HAVE GOT YOU COVERED

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Do you ever feel stuck in your workout routine? Are you missing that last bit of motivation to push yourself to the limit? Did you know that most of us work harder in the presence of others? Having a personal trainer by your side provides the encouragement, motivation and energy that you need! A trainer can also help you set achievable goals and create a plan that you can realistically accomplish.

Here are some benefits working out with a personal trainer:

  1. See better results, sooner
  2. Avoid injury
  3. Lose fat and gain muscle
  4. Set realistic goals
  5. Be kept accountable
  6. Establish lifelong habits

People often ask themselves, “Can I afford a personal trainer and how do I find the right one? ” It is an investment, but if fitness, strength and endurance is your goal then it will likely be money well spent. Even if the goal is to create your own workouts and exercise by yourself, hiring a trainer for a few sessions at least can be a great way to benefit for learning the right way to exercise, teach you about the muscles in our body and how they work, this is essential if you’re going to be working out at home or at the gym on your own. Glow Concierge gives you the opportunity to try it out for yourself. Why not try with a friend to get the most out of your workout. You really push yourself that extra mile when you work out with a friend!

We have two new personal trainers starting this week: Dan and James. They are ready to put you through your paces! Between them, they cover the Cantons of Zurich, St Gallen, Thurgau, Schaffhausen, Appenzell and Aargau!

Challenge yourself with one of their workouts. Check their availability on our website or app. Send us your post workout picture with them to get a surprise!

JUNGGESELLINNENABSCHIEDE UND BRAUTPARTIES

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Sowohl der Junggesellinnenabschied als auch die Brautparty können dafür sorgen, dass die Zeit bis zur Hochzeit noch um ein Highlight erweitert wird. Beide Feiern scheinen auf den ersten Blick das Gleiche zu sein, aber es gibt doch kleine aber feine Unterschiede.

Der Junggesellinnenabschied

Klassische Junggesellinnenabschiede sind dafür bekannt (oder berüchtigt), ein bisschen wild zu sein. Viel Alkohol und hier und da mal über die Stränge zu schlagen, gehören da einfach dazu. Brautparties laufen da eher etwas gemässigter ab, sind oftmals generationenübergreifend und gediegener. Beide Parties könnten also unterschiedlicher nicht sein und doch haben sie am Ende des Tages genau das gleiche Ziel: Die zukünftige Braut zu feiern.

Viele Bräute stellen sich nun die Frage, ob sie beide Parties durchführen sollten bzw. welche der Parties zu ihr passt. Hier ist eine kleine Gegenüberstellung: 

Der traditionelle Junggesellinnenabschied ist definitiv Geschmackssache und nicht jedermanns Sache. Die Braut lädt normalerweise ihre engsten Freundinnen zu einem gemeinsamen Party-Abend ein, der voll von exzessivem Trinken, Tanzen und bunten Schärpen ist, auf denen steht, ob man die “zukünftige Braut”, “Brautjungfer” oder “Trauzeugin” ist.

Für diese Art von Junggesellinnenabschieden haben wir das richtige Package für euch: Wir sorgen für euer perfektes Hair & Make-up, bevor ihr durch die Clubs zieht und geben euch sogar noch eine Flasche Champagner obendrauf, damit ihr den Abend richtig starten könnt.

Die Brautparty

Die Brautparty ist perfekt für alle angehenden Bräute, die nicht unbedingt eine wilde Partynacht wollen, sondern einfach einen schönen Nachmittag mit ihren Liebsten verbringen möchten. 

Typische Aktivitäten sind der sog. “High Tea” oder Spa-Behandlungen mit viel gutem Essen, Wein und guter Unterhaltung. Bei einer Brautparty ist alles möglich, solange die Braut sich gut amüsiert und wohlfühlt. 

Wie wäre es also mit passenden Maniküren für alle Gäste? Oder vielleicht soll einfach die Braut für ein paar Stunden verwöhnt werden?

Welche Party passt also besser zu dir?

Viele Bräute finden sowohl Junggesellinnenabschiede als auch Brautparties super. Zu einigen passt jedoch vielleicht nur einer der beiden Anlässe. Wir finden, dass man nie genug Party machen kann. Wenn dir also beide Anlässe zusagen, wieso nicht beide durchführen oder vielleicht sogar kombinieren? Also erst mit einem Verwöhnnachmittag mit anschliessendem Abendessen starten und dann mit einer ausgelassenen Party die Nacht zum Tag machen. 

Unsere Packages können individuell auf dich und deine Gäste zugeschnitten werden. Du kannst mit einem unserer Berater*innen sprechen und wir werden dir das Angebot zusammenstellen, das am besten zu deinen Bedürfnissen passt. Schreibe uns einfach eine E-Mail an info@glowconcierge.ch und wir setzen uns gerne mit dir in Verbindung. 

HEN PARTYS AND BRIDAL SHOWERS

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Both the hen party and the bridal shower can play a big role in the rollercoaster ride that is getting married. These two celebrations may seem similar, however they’re actually really different.

THE HEN PARTY

Hen parties are known for being a bit wild. They often involve lots of alcohol and general mischief. The bridal shower is a tamer party that tends to be multi-generational and a little more sophisticated. These two celebrations couldn’t be more different in nature, however at the end of the day, they’re the same. Both are there to celebrate the bride-to-be.

Many brides find themselves wondering if both parties are needed. Here are our thoughts on the matter.

The traditional hen party is definitely an acquired taste that not everyone is going to enjoy. Hen partys tend to involve the bride-to-be gathering all of her bridal party and other close friends for a night out. This night out tends to be filled with excessive drinking, dancing and brightly coloured sashes stating whether you’re the ‘bride-to-be’, ‘bridesmaid’ or ‘maid of honour’.

For a hen party we have a great package for hair and makeup before going out, we will even throw in a bottle of champagne to celebrate!

THE BRIDAL SHOWER

The bridal shower is a great option for those ladies who aren’t looking to walk on the wild side and simply want to have a fun-filled afternoon with their nearest and dearest.

Activities at a bridal shower would be things like high tea or spa treatments with lots of food, wine and good conversation. Anything goes for a bridal shower as long as the bride is having a good time.

How about matching manicures for the bridal party? Or perhaps you want to treat the bride to hours of pampering!

SO WHICH ONE IS FOR YOU?

For lots of brides, both the bridal shower and the hen’s party sound like amazing activities. For others, only one will suit them. We think that if you like the sound of both, then have both, because who doesn’t want multiple parties dedicated to them? Maybe you can combine the two and have an afternoon of pampering followed by dinner and end with partying the night away.

Our packages can be tailor made to you, you can speak to one of our advisers and you can come up with a package that suits you. Contact us on info@glowconcierge.ch for more information

AN INTERVIEW WITH OUR FIRST EVER PROVIDERS

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First we have Laura, she offers her services in Zurich City and the surrounding area as well as Canton Aargau.

1. How long have you been working with Glow?
I joined 2 years come September. Since the beginning.

2. What’s your favourite thing about working with Glow
I can add my own schedule and choose when I want to work. If my plans change then I just update my availability.

3. What convinced you to join?
I always wanted to work in the beauty industry and this way I can be flexible with my hours and not always being in one place. It’s nice to travel around to different clients instead of sitting in a salon.

4. What’s your most popular treatment?
I think nails, in particular pedicures, I have this great product from Lovaskin which the clients love, it removes all the dead skin in literally 60 seconds.

5. Is there any advice you would give to anyone thinking of working with Glow? 
Add as much availability as possible, you can always take it out if your plans change, no one can book you if you’re not available online. Especially at the beginning it’s good to be seen and then you get some clients who become regulars. A lot of my clients are referrals from other clients. 

Laura doing a Lash Lift in the Garden last Summer

Andrei also joined us at the very beginning, he works in Zurich Canton, the Eastern part of Canton Aargau and the southern part of Canton Schwyz

1. How long have you been working with Glow?
I started my work with Glow from the beginning, good start, good opportunity to build on my set of skills.

2. What’s your favourite thing about working with Glow
The concept of the company, it’s great that it’s so flexible, and the people I work with.

3. What convinced you to join?
Your online platform attracted me the most. I can take advantage of having an online presence without having to pay for my own website.

4. What’s your most popular treatment?
I don’t have a most popular treatment because all the treatments I do are personalized to each client

5. Is there any advice you would give to anyone thinking of working with Glow? 
If you put passion in your work you will succeed. Be available, be willing to go that extra mile for your clients.

Andrei doing one of his famous Facials for a Client last Week.